Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University, Students, like all members of the University – trustees, faculty, administration, and staff members – assume the responsibility to conduct themselves in compliance with the objectives and standards of conduct established by the University. These standards apply both on and off campus.

By enrolling in the University, students accept the responsibility to become fully acquainted with the University’s policies and student code of conduct and to comply with the University’s authority. The University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to respect the rights, privileges, and property of others; and to observe national, state, and local laws and University policies.

The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Linfield, either full-time, part-time or online. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with Linfield, or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in Linfield University Housing, although not enrolled in Linfield.

Misconduct Examples

Examples of misconduct which renders a member of the University liable for discipline, up to and including separation, may fall into the following categories:

  1. Dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and facilitating academic dishonesty (see Academic Integrity).
  2. Forgery or the alteration and/or unauthorized use of University documents, records, or forms. Knowingly providing false information to University officials or officers of instruction or administration.
  3. Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of University keys or identification cards. Facilitating such use.
  4. Intentional disruption, obstruction, or interference with the process of instruction, research, administration, student discipline, or any other service or activity provided or sponsored by the University.
  5. Damage, destruction, theft or unauthorized use of personal property located on the University campus or property owned or controlled by the University.
  6. Unauthorized entry into or use of University property, including facilities, residence halls, equipment, or resources (including, for example, library materials).
  7. Unauthorized entry into University-related living units that disrupts sleep or study or that damages the physical facilities in those units.
  8. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property
  9. Uncivil, disrespectful, or intolerant behavior based on race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, or physical handicap or other disabling condition.
  10. Physical abuse, verbal abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  11. Threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, bullying, coercion or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, personal property or academic success of any person.
  12. Disorderly conduct (including that resulting from drunkenness), unreasonable noise or behavior that results in unreasonable annoyance.
  13. Lewd or indecent behaviors include, but are not limited to the following: profanity, indecent exposure, lewd or obscene expressions, disrespectful statements toward University personnel, public urination, etc.
  14. Violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.
  15. Hazing or initiation rites including any act or behavior that subjects another person to unreasonable discomfort, ridicule, degradation, abuse, intimidation, harassment, or endangerment of mental or physical health or safety as a condition of joining or participating in a group, implied or explicit, regardless of whether or not the person willingly participates. All acts of hazing by any individual student or student group, club, organization, or team and any of its members or alumni are prohibited. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense against a charge of hazing. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act – it is a violation of the hazing policy. Retaliation for reporting hazing is prohibited and individuals as well as groups, clubs, organizations and teams will be subject to disciplinary action for any hazing and/or retaliation.
  16. Illegal activities involving controlled substances.
  17. Violation of the University’s policy on alcohol and other drugs (see section on alcohol and drugs in this handbook).
  18. Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms, ammunition, explosives (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals, or any other objects used as weapons on University property or at University-sponsored or supervised activities.
  19. Tampering with fire-fighting equipment or alarms, turning in a false alarm or engaging in other behavior that constitutes a significant fire hazard.
  20. Failure to comply with the direction of University or public officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  21. Conduct which adversely affects the member’s suitability as a member of the University community or which interferes with the rights and privileges of another member of the University community.
  22. Failure to comply with rules, regulations, or standards or conduct approved by the University, provided they have been published, distributed, or posted in such a manner as to furnish adequate notice to students.  
  23. The commission of any act which is a crime under the laws of the state of Oregon or of the United States which results in a criminal charge and conviction in any competent jurisdiction.
  24. Failure to comply with the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the code of student conduct.
  25. Contempt of adjudicative proceedings, including impairing or interrupting the due course of proceedings of University hearing bodies.